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Please don’t send us your very first draft. Please give your script time to settle, read it again, seek feedback from your peers and incorporate some rewrites. The fourth draft is usually when a play is ready for us to consider.
It is essential that all pages of the script must be numbered and include the play title, your name and your contact details in small print on every page (this can be done with the “Insert > Footer” option in Microsoft Word). For example: “Hamlet by William Shakespeare. 07967 654382 william@stratford,com". This is in line with standard professional practice.
A short synopsis of the plot.
A one-page CV of your writing experience to date including any readings/productions you may have had. If you do not have a CV, some idea of your background and writing experience included in your cover letter is fine.
A cover letter that includes all your contact details, and, specifically, your email address. If you do not include an email address or an SAE, we will not reply to you.
We welcome submissions from writers outside the United Kingdom. However, please bear in mind that as we are unable to engage constructively in development work on an ongoing basis with people who live abroad, scripts from overseas writers will need to be at a considerable state of development already.
Music theatre. We welcome music theatre submissions, but please note that we can only accept scores on a CD posted to us. We cannot accept emailed music files.
Please only submit one play at a time. Unless we specifically ask to see further examples of your work, please wait at least twelve months before submitting any more plays to us. Please be considerate of other writers – we have limited resources and are anxious to see the work of as many different writers as possible.
Please be aware that we cannot provide feedback or enter into discussion on your work. If you are primarily seeking feedback on your script, we would still like to see your script, but would encourage you to send your work to other new writing venues such as the Royal Court Theatre, the National Theatre, Bush Theatre, Hampstead Theatre and Soho Theatre, who – as publicly funded venues – will be able to offer you more detailed feedback than is possible for us.